50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

From rom-coms to raunch-coms, 'Anchorman' to 'Wet Hot American Summer' – the funniest movies of the new millennium so far

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'Lady Bird' (2017)

16. 'Lady Bird' (2017)

It's easy to make a high school movie that's funny; it's significantly trickier to make one that also feels true. Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut doesn't get its laughs from outsize gags or teens spewing dialogue so clever that it could only have been written by a 45-year-old. In fact, the Sacramento Catholic high school circa 2002 where Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) matriculates seems so real that you can practically smell the acne cream – and therein lies the humor. Everything our heroine experiences in her senior year – from a bizarre teen Sondheim production to mother-daughter dress shopping to dumb crushes and disappointing sex – cracks us up in only the way that something like a memory can. JS

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